Madrasa principal Siraj on 2-day remand | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, May 23, 2019

Sexual Harassment

Madrasa principal Siraj on 2-day remand

He is also accused of killing Alim examinee Nusrat

Siraj Ud Doula, suspended principal of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa, was put on two days’ remand yesterday in the case filed over sexual harassment of Alim examinee Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set on fire and later died in Dhaka.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Zakir Hossain of a court in Feni gave the order after the Police Investigation Bureau’s (PBI) Officer Mohammad Shah Alam produced the accused principal to the court and prayed for his seven-day remand.

Siraj Ud Daula was placed before the court in the morning but there was no lawyer on behalf of him, court sources said.

After the hearing, he was sent back to the jail.

The principal called Nusrat at his office and tried to abuse her sexually on March 27.

Nusrat’s mother filed a case against the principal under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in this regard.

Police arrested the accused and sent him to jail through court.

He was subsequently suspended from his post.

Aggrieved over his arrest in the sexual harassment case and suspension, Siraj from the jail ordered his associates to burn Nusrat to death and stage it as suicide, said PBI officials.

Following his order, a few people loyal to him took Nusrat to the roof at a centre of Alim examination on April 6 and pressed her to lift the sexual harassment case against the principal.

As she declined to bow down, they set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her.  

After fighting for her life for five days, Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10.

The same day, a Feni court placed the madrasa principal, the main suspect in the murder case, on a seven-day remand.

The accused later gave a confessional statement before a Feni court, admitting his involvement with the killing of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, said Mohammad Iqbal, superintendent of police of PBI.

The incident sparked outrage all over the country.

So far, 21 people were arrested in connection with the brutal incident.

Twelve of them gave statement before the court, admitting their involvement in the incident.

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